Another Heartbreaking Loss For Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE -- This one is going to sting for awhile. Probably will leave a mark, too.

Arkansas definitely suffered from a bruised ego in another Southeastern Conference heartbreaker Friday night.

Shortly after the Razorbacks lost 5-3 against No. 19 Ole Miss in front of a regular-season, school-record crowd of 9,227 in Baum Stadium, the pain started soaking in.


What made this one so painful was the inability for the Razorbacks to simply hit the baseball.

It's a simple game.

"We've got to hit the baseball, we can't stand there," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "We've got to hit the baseball. We hit the ball hard in the ninth inning, on the nose, right at people. Who knows, we might still be hitting.

"That's the way the game works."

In that ninth inning, Craig Gentry grounded to second and Jake Dugger grounded to short for the first two outs. Then Razorbacks first baseman Danny Hamblin walked. Clint Arnold followed by getting aboard, courtesy of an infield hit.

However, Arkansas catcher Brian Walker grounded to third for the final out of the game.

"We did not come through when we needed to, we didn't play very good," Van Horn said. "We're frustrated."

Perhaps Ole Miss starter Mark Holliman frustrated Arkansas the most. It looked that way.

Holliman worked 5 innings, allowed only 2 hits, but allowed 3 runs -- strangely, he had a no-hitter until the sixth -- walked 6 and struck out 8.

He threw 102 pitches.

Last year, Holliman allowed only three hits in a 1-0 win against the Razorbacks.

After Holliman left, Stephen Head came in relief -- he started a first base -- and worked the final four innings. He allowed 3 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3.

Arkansas finally figured out Holliman, kind of, in that sixth inning. That's when the Hogs got their first hit. Scott Hode led off the inning by slicing a double to right.

Razorbacks third baseman Clay Goodwin followed with a RBI double to left to cut the lead to 4-3.

"It felt good to get a leadoff hit and try to get us going," Hode said. "Clay comes up and hits a shot down the line and we score a run and we cut the lead to one.

"We felt good about what we did in that inning. We got a couple of big hits. We just didn't do enough of it tonight."

That's about the size of it. Arkansas stranded 11 runners while Ole Miss pounded 15 hits.

"Those Ole Miss pitchers were good," Hode said. "We had chances to score runs but didn't get it done. Just little things we didn't do to get it done. Making an error and making our pitchers throw a lot of pitches.

"We didn't find a way to get it done. We've just have to forget about it and come back tomorrow (today).

"That's baseball."

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